Combing through the season’s new gear can be like bushwhacking through a jungle: slow going. Consider us your personal guide. We spent weeks poring over press releases and product shots, watching embargoed videos, and asking questions about materials, features, and design. Then we tapped our resident team of 10 gearheads and asked one question: “How badly do you want to use this?” What follows is a list of the 50 most coveted products— no machete required.
1. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer UL [$375]
THE PROMISE This is the lightest fully featured puffy on the planet.
THE DEETS Thanks to a lighter-weight 5-denier ripstop nylon face fabric and upgraded 1,000-fill down, the classic Ghost Whisperer now weighs 6.67 ounces (men’s M), a full 2 ounces lighter than before.
2. Patagonia R1 Air [$99-$159]
THE PROMISE This new hybrid is warmer than a baselayer but more breathable than a fleece.
THE DEETS If Patagonia’s superlight Capilene Air baselayers and the iconic R1 hoodie had a baby, it would look like this. The R1 Air combines the breathability and quick-drying nature of the baselayer with the warmth, versatility, and fit of the R1 to make a do-it-all layer for the highest-output activities. The R1 Air comes in crew, zip-neck, and hoodie versions.
3. Hustle Bike Labs REM Pedal [$TBD]
THE PROMISE These magnetized pedals are safer and easier to use than traditional clipless designs.
THE DEETS Forgetting to twist out of your clipless bike pedals and somersaulting over the bars is a thing of the past. Neodymium rare-earth magnets replace the spring mechanism used in many pedals, combining the pedaling efficiency of a clipless with the security, stability, and easy exit of a platform pedal. Thanks to a plate that bolts to the bottom of most SPD-compatible (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) shoes, the rider’s foot is held onto the pedal using magnetic force, which allows riders to “pull up” just as much as if they were clipped in, but makes releasing safer and easier.
4. Wool+AID Merino Wool Adhesive Bandages [$17/box of 15]
THE PROMISE Heal your wounds and the planet.
THE DEETS It’s another way to ditch single-use plastic. These merino wool, hypoallergenic, breathable bandages can be buried after use to return carbon to the soil.
5. Optic Nerve Flyest Sunglasses [$75]
THE PROMISE These aviators are indestructible and budget friendly.
THE DEETS Bend them, twist them, or sit on them, and these Memory Metal frames will magically return to their good-looking, aviator-style form. They feature shatterproof, polycarbonate polarized lenses and a comfortable fit. Best part: the price.
6. RapidPure Trail Blazer Gravity Purifier [$100]
THE PROMISE It’s the fastest gravity filter on the market.
THE DEETS Instead of relying solely on microscopic pores to filter out bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, and microplastics, the Trail Blazer uses a process called electroadsorption, which adsorbs and isolates waterborne pathogens, before physically filtering the water, speeding up the filtration rate to a blistering 5 liters per minute, without batteries or pumping. The 18.5-ounce Trail Blazer kit comes with a 9-liter bag, hose, and the filter cartridge.
7. Gregory Targhee FastTrack [$220-$240]
THE PROMISE This ski touring pack makes transitions easier and faster.
THE DEETS The Targhee FastTrack features a new friction-based hook system that allows you to toss your skis on and off your pack without ever taking it off. Simply sling the tails through the bottom loop; wrap the reinforced, elasticized top strap around your skis; pull them over your shoulder; and lock them into place with the shoulder-mounted hook. The aluminum hardware is glove friendly, and the thermoformed backpanel prevents snow buildup. Available in 35 and 45 liters.
8. Ignik Gas Growler Deluxe [$150]
THE PROMISE Great for green-minded frequent car campers and van-lifers.
THE DEETS Save money and the environment with this 5-pound, refillable propane canister. It comes in a foam carrying case for safety and insulation (a warm tank is more efficient) and connects to any stove or propane appliance. The Ignik has five times the burn time of the standard green propane canister and is easily refillable, just like the larger 20-pound tank connected to your grill.
9. mountainFLOW eco-wax [$20]
THE PROMISE It’s North America’s only plant-based ski wax.
THE DEETS Most ski wax is made from petroleum and ends up seeping into the snowpack and water table, but mountainFLOW’s eco-friendly wax is 100-percent biodegradable, and just as effective.
10. Outdoor Research Super Couloir Sensor Gloves [$160]
THE PROMISE The warmth and dexterity of ice climbing gloves make their way to the slopes.
THE DEETS Stretch side panels in these waterproof gloves facilitate dexterity, while goat leather palms provide grip and durability. Inside, proprietary Vertical X insulation is warmer, more breathable, and has better stretch than standard synthetic insulation. A soft polyester fleece lines the inside palm, and the index finger and thumb are touchscreen compatible.
11. Osprey Soelden/ Sopris Pro [$1,200]
THE PROMISE Osprey’s first avalanche airbag pack is feature rich, but still qualifies as lightweight.
THE DEETS The Soelden (for men) and Sopris (for women) come loaded with the Alpride E1 Electronic Avalanche Airbag system, which avoids compressed gas, making it travel friendly. And it weighs just 3.5 pounds, thanks to a durable blend of polyethylene and nylon.
12. Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Silnylon Patches [$10/2 sheets]
THE PROMISE Patch your silnylon gear in the field.
THE DEETS Where regular tape has struggled to get a grip on silnylon materials, these stick—no heat or sewing required. The nylon patches are backed with a silicone-based adhesive (only silicone can stick to silicone) to repair tents, tarps, backpacks, and more
13. MPOWERD Luci Explore [$75]
THE PROMISE It’s a solar light, alarm clock, speaker, and phone charger all in one.
THE DEETS Pair your phone with the Luci Explore to rock out around camp, or use the MPOWERD app to turn the device into a morning alarm that simulates a pleasant sunrise. When your phone dies, plug it into the light for a refresh, and when the light dies, set it out in the sun to recharge itself.
14. United By Blue Bison Ultralight [$198]
THE PROMISE Warm, light, and powered by bison.
THE DEETS Stuffed with sheep’s wool and bison wool fiber, the Ultralight is United By Blue’s lightest-weight, most packable jacket yet. It features recycled ripstop nylon face fabric with a PFC-free water-resistant coating, and a full-coverage hood.
15. Scarpa F1 LT [$799]
THE PROMISE These superlight ski touring boots are made for high-mileage missions.
THE DEETS Combining ultralight elements of the Alien skimo race boots with a more versatile, backcountry-style design, the F1 LT weighs just 2 pounds, 1 ounce (per boot) and features a stiff cuff and BOA closure system.
16. Blackyak Pajuna [$600]
THE PROMISE Want warmth and sustainability? Yaks to the rescue.
THE DEETS Yak hair has a better insulation value than poly or merino and is superlight and packable. This insulated, waterproof jacket has pit zips, a helmet-compatible hood, and an integrated powder skirt.
17. Kahtoola EXOspikes [$60]
THE PROMISE Twelve spikes per foot and three levels of traction give these serious grip.
THE DEETS Wear-resistant tungsten carbide spikes offer the initial bite; TPU lugs dig into loose, uneven terrain; and the open matrix allows the boot’s tread to stay engaged. Plus, the new harness fits a wider range of footwear.
18. DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP [$1,299]
THE PROMISE Get the power, energy, and dampness of a front-side ski at a classic touring weight.
THE DEETS DPS combined a carbon laminate with paulownia wood and aerospace-grade foam in the Pagoda Tour’s core. A full sidewall gives it on-snow smoothness, and the rocker profile can handle a range of backcountry conditions.
19. Snow Peak Takibi Tarp Hexa M [$480]
THE PROMISE This tarp renders your campfire immune to the rain.
THE DEETS The Takibi Tarp combines waterproof durability with a fire-resistant aramid material, which allows you to build a fire directly underneath its cozy confines. The only thing this setup will burn a hole through is your wallet.
20. Marker Duke PT 16 [$825]
THE PROMISE It’s a lightweight pin binding with downhill security.
THE DEETS The Duke PT’s specially designed, stepin-style toepiece features a strong downhill performance (up to DIN 16). For the uphill, the top piece of the toe flips up or comes right off to reveal a lightweight pin binding, saving weight and boosting skinning efficiency.
21. Outdoor Research Archangel Jacket & Bibs [$699 each]
THE PROMISE Updated Gore membranes bring weather protection and unparalleled stretch for alpine climbing.
THE DEETS The bodymapped Archangel kit takes advantage of new breeds of Gore-Tex Pro: a stretchy version in certain spots for mobility and another type that’s optimized for breathability.
22. Rab Khroma Kharve [$325]
THE PROMISE Get warmth and weather protection in a single layer.
THE DEETS A highly weather-resistant, 30-denier Gore-Tex Infinium shell with taped key seams and synthetic Stratus insulation help the Khroma Kharve excel in cold, damp, and windy conditions. The jacket features a helmet-compatible hood, extra-large internal stash pockets, and an adjustable hem to lock out spindrift.
23. Blizzard Bonafide 97 [$900]
THE PROMISE A new core construction is like body mapping for a ski.
THE DEETS TrueBlend Flipcore construction places softer wood in the tip and tail to make turns smoother with denser woods through the center to maintain edge grip and control. The Bonafide 97 is an all-condition daily driver thanks to a versatile sidecut and reduced rocker.
24. KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar [$160]
THE PROMISE These boots are a powerhouse of warmth, designed to take on the harshest winter conditions.
THE DEETS Thanks to 200 grams of KEEN.Warm insulation, these kicks will keep your toes comfy down to -25° F. A grippy outsole and waterproof/breathable membrane ensure they can plow through any conditions, and an anti-odor footbed uses natural probiotics to break down the aroma of sweaty feet.
25. Giro Grid/Envi MIPS [$220]
THE PROMISE It’s the perfect helmet—inbounds or out.
THE DEETS With 16 vents and a wicking liner, the Grid (men’s) and Envi (women’s) keep skiers cool on the ups, while a MIPS Spherical system with EPS shell protects on the downs.
26. Flylow Lucy Jacket [$400]
THE PROMISE The Lucy blurs the line between softshell and hardshell in a fashion-forward ski jacket.
THE DEETS With the buttery touch of a softshell, but all the waterproofing of a tough hardshell, the Lucy seals out the bad weather without feeling stiff or heavy.
27. Jetty Essex Twill [$75]
THE PROMISE It’s the coziest performance flannel. Ever.
THE DEETS In case you haven’t heard of them, B-Corp Jetty is an up-and-comer in the lifestyle apparel game. Its latest, the Essex Twill, is soft, breathable, and hipster-sharp. It’s also antimicrobial and anti-static thanks to mollusk shells. The fabric is 55 percent cotton and 45 percent Oystex, a blend of recycled polyester plus ground-up oyster shells, which lend it all those “anti” characteristics.
28. Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell [$350]
THE PROMISE When breathability is the priority, this is your shell.
THE DEETS In addition to pit zips, the Dawn Patrol, which is made of a proprietary four-way stretch waterproof material, features a front mesh panel for venting and perforations on the collar, all designed to keep you cool without sacrificing protection.
29. Big Agnes Soda Peak/Teal Lake [$300]
THE PROMISE This lightweight puffy is a solid choice at a fair price.
THE DEETS The 850-fill Soda Peak (men’s) and Teal Lake (women’s) combine a tailored fit, body-mapped vertical baffles, and minimalist construction to make a light down insulator (13 and 11 ounces, respectively).
30. Merrell Agility Synthesis 2 Undyed [$200]
THE PROMISE Making this sneaker uses 80 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than other shoes.
THE DEETS Part of Merrell’s Undyed Collection, this shoe is completely void of pigment and the laces, mesh, and TPU overlays are all 100 percent recycled. An internal bootie locks in the fit, a firm rock plate protects feet on rough trails, and a grippy outsole provides traction. Just steer clear of the mud.
31. Seirus Heatwave+ ST Convert Magnemitt [$55-$160]
THE PROMISE Control your phone without taking your mittens off.
THE DEETS A magnetic closure on the back of the waterproof Heatwave+ mittens allows you to slip your fingers (covered by a reflective and touchscreen-capable glove liner) out of the mitten to control your phone, without ever exposing your skin. The magnetic closure is strong enough to stay tight during a storm but simple enough to slip out of one-handed. The mittens come in leather, softshell, and work-style designs.
32. Salomon Shift Pro [$850-$970]
THE PROMISE Just like the Shift binding, these boots are light on the up and burly on the down.
THE DEETS Lightweight construction, a customizable shell, 40-degree range of motion in the cuff, and a seamless liner make the Shift Pro a comfortable, lightweight, and fast boot for climbing. But the stiff shell offers reliable power transmission and performance during the descent. The 100mm last and forgiving fit, as well as a range of flexes, mean the boots will accommodate a wide range of feet and preferences.
33. Helinox Cot One Convertible Insulated [$450]
THE PROMISE Get off the ground and stay warm with this insulated cot, made for luxe car campers.
THE DEETS The lightweight, high-strength DAC-alloy frame is topped with a warm (R-value 5), self-inflating sleeping pad to create a plush snoozing experience in any season. The Cot One Convertible Insulated weighs 6 pounds, 10 ounces and can hold up to 320 pounds. Add on the (sold-separately) leg extensions to raise the cot up to the level of a typical bed, or to use it as a bench around camp.
34. Vermont Glove Farmer Work [$100-$120]
THE PROMISE This comfortable, all-season leather glove is built tough, just like Vermonters.
THE DEETS Made primarily with goatskin sourced in the Northeast, the Farmer Work Glove ain’t just for farmers. Goat leather stays more supple than cow leather after repeated washing and drying. Double-stitched fingers and a double-walled palm add durability in high-wear spots, letting them stand up to tools, ski poles, or shovels. The gloves are unlined, making them good for all sorts of warm-weather work; add on the wool liner (an extra $20) for winter use.
35. Black Diamond Stone Hauler Pro Duffels [$170-$190]
THE PROMISE Luggage built for dirtbags.
THE DEETS Black Diamond enters the duffel game with burly bags that have plenty of amenities: a protected external-access laptop sleeve and internal storage for dirty gear, a comfy suspension system, interior zipper pockets for organization, and a haul loop system on the exterior. The bags are made from 100-percent recycled materials: 600-denier and 1,500-denier recycled polyester. Available in 30- and 45-liter sizes.
36. Mammut Photics HS Thermo Bomber Jacket [$799]
THE PROMISE Waterproofness through the magic of lasers.
THE DEETS Lasers are used to fuse the seams and baffles in this unisex, bomber-style down jacket, so there’s less water penetration and no loss of down. A DWR treatment and proprietary membrane make it completely waterproof, and 750-fill down keeps it warm.
37. Kari Traa Smekker [$110-$120]
THE PROMISE Groovy good looks meet performance.
THE DEETS The 100-percent merino wool Smekker line features flatlock seams for chafe-free support. Wool fibers provide supreme moisture management and warmth with a supersoft hand feel and next-to-skin comfort. Available in women’s half zip, long-sleeve crew, and pants.
38. Sena R1 Evo [$299]
THE PROMISE Meet the next generation of cycling helmets—built for social butterflies.
THE DEETS The R1 Evo is the only cycling helmet on the market with a voice-activated intercom feature allowing you to talk with any other R1 helmet within 900 meters, while filtering out wind and white noise. With Bluetooth built in, riders can take calls, hear GPS directions, and listen to music or cues from fitness apps, all without taking their hands off the handlebars.
39. Ortovox Haute Route Pack [$170]
THE PROMISE This award-winning pack just got even better.
THE DEETS Comfort and stability are the crowning glories of the new Haute Route, thanks to added load lifter straps, a more ergonomic frame, and repositioned waist straps. Bomber lower compression straps make for a rock-solid A-frame ski carry.
40. Farm to Feet White Mountain Lounger [$30]
THE PROMISE This supercozy sock is perfect for après-anything chilling.
THE DEETS The merino wool mid-calf Lounger features extra-large terry loops throughout for cushioning and insulation, making it the perfect solution for chronically cold feet.
41. Archer Components G1x Gravel E-Shifting Conversion Kit [$129 standalone remote; $419 with D1x Trail shifter box]
THE PROMISE The extreme precision, ease, and convenience of wireless e-shifting finally hits the gravel crowd.
THE DEETS No longer the domain of mountain bikes, quick-touch gear shifting is now an option for gravel riders. The remote is compatible only with TRP Hylex RS brake levers, but that will change. The remote pairs with the brand’s shifter box, which works on virtually any derailleur and can be moved with ease from your existing flat-bar bike to a gravel bike.
42. Pearl Izumi Elevate Short [$175]
THE PROMISE All-day comfort for the toughest rides.
THE DEETS Built from a lightweight, four-way stretch Cordura, the Elevate blends the durability of downhill gear with the weight and pedaling ease of a hot-weather trail short. A hydrophobic treatment keeps them dry during sudden squalls or stream crossings. A low-profile BOA closure waistband helps dial in the fit, and back-of-leg pockets are secure and comfortable while riding.
43. Mystery Ranch Rip Ruck 24 [$139]
THE PROMISE Tons of organization—plus Mystery Ranch comfort—make this backpack the ideal travel sidekick.
THE DEETS The Rip Ruck 24 has two main compartments: a zip access to a separate laptop/document sleeve and a well-organized main compartment that can be opened wide with one hand, making it easy to access and stash items while running through the airport.
44. Weston Eclipse [$599/$899 as a splitboard]
THE PROMISE A short tail lets this snowboard wiggle through powder with ease.
THE DEETS The women’s Eclipse features a surfy, tapered set-back shape with a big rockered nose, camber between the feet, and a rockered tail. The camber and carbon stringers from the rear insets to the outer edge of the tail provide edge hold and performance when the snow becomes variable. It also features a paulownia and poplar core, a scratch-proof topsheet, and PE sidewalls that boost torsional stability.
45. SOG Ultra XR [$140]
THE PROMISE Here’s a new everyday blade for money-clip carriers.
THE DEETS Weighing just 1.2 ounces, the Ultra XR ensures you’ll always have cash and a solid knife in your pocket. The locking blade is ambidextrous so it can be opened and closed with either hand. Just don’t try to bring it through TSA.
46. Wigwam Snow Junkie Lightweight Socks [$25]
THE PROMISE By strategically eliminating stitches, Wigwam reduced bulk, improved fit, and upped the comfort factor.
THE DEETS A new process cuts the bulk from key areas— like the ankle and arch/instep—in this over-the-calf-style sock. This reduces volume and creates a more comfortable interface than having a uniform number of stitches throughout. The contoured fit allows a more precise connection between the boot and the foot, so skiers have maximum control and their socks never slip around or bunch up inside their boots.
47. Dynafit Blacklight Pro Ski [$800]
THE PROMISE Spend less time messing with skins during your next skimo race.
THE DEETS The Blacklight Pro is unapologetically niche. Developed especially for hardcore ski mountaineers, it has a waist of 80mm and weighs only 2 pounds (per ski) at the 165mm length. The Blacklight is built around a paulownia core with carbon construction. And with the new Pin-Skin System, the skin is no longer attached to the tail or stretched. Instead, it’s anchored with a small pin and a corresponding insert directly in the ski, saving time on transitions. Rockered construction at the tip and tail make it playful, and a 3D sidewall cap boosts durability.
48. HappyNorwegian Mr. Grippy [$119]
THE PROMISE Wax and tune your skis or board when there’s no workbench in sight.
THE DEETS Mr. Grippy is a two-piece ski stand that plops down on any tabletop without the need for a vise, thanks to a stable footprint and high-friction rubber feet, making it perfect for travel. It holds skis either flat for waxing or on edge for edge tuning, and uses the same super-sticky rubber on the top to keep skis in place while scraping.
49. Cusa Tea Premium Herbal [$10/10 servings]
THE PROMISE This tasty (hot or cold) herbal tea is instant: no steeping or packing out tea bags.
THE DEETS Cusa exploded onto the drink scene a few years back with its instant organic teas. But initially all options contained caffeine. Now herbal lovers can get in on the action. It’s made via Cold Steep technology, which uses room-temperature water and pressure to extract flavor. Then the tea is gently vacuum-dehydrated, which concentrates it into crystals that instantly dissolve in hot or cold water. Available in three blends: Everyday Wellness (hibiscus rose), Deep Doze (chamomile and lemon), and Slim Savvy (tangerine and cinnamon).
50. XTRATUF Homer [$90]
THE PROMISE This slipper is tough enough for outside, but comfy enough for in.
THE DEETS The Homer combines the weather resistance of a waterproof, fishing-style boot with the low cut and comfortable fit of a slipper—perfect for everyday use. A wool upper with a full faux-shearling lining keeps your feet cozy, while a molded EVA insole provides added comfort. The non-marking outsole delivers great traction.